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Location: Riverside County, about 9 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||San Jacinto Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: San Jacinto Peak, Cornell Peak, Jean Peak, Marion Mountain
- Distance: 12 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 2700'
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
Original: John Backus, 1981
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 east past Banning to the junction with SR 111.
- Take SR 111 southeast 8.5 miles to the Palm Springs Tramway Road.
- Go up this road 3.7 miles to its end at the tramway terminal. Park
where indicated by the signs in this area.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- Take the tram
required) to the upper station at 8560'.
- Go downstairs and exit the building. Follow the concrete sidewalk as it
descends to the valley below.
- Continue straight ahead to a ranger station.
- Continue about 1/4 mile to a trail junction with a sign "Round
Valley - 2". Keep right and continue to Round Valley Campground.
left here at a junction and continue up to Wellman Divide (9700').
right at this junction and continue up to a junction at a saddle just
below San Jacinto Peak.
- Go downhill (northwest) down the trail past a small
switchback to the first main switchback at 10,500'.
- Leave the trail here to
the right and contour cross-country, staying at a constant altitude about
0.3 mile to the saddle west-northwest of
San Jacinto Peak (10,400').
- Continue west
along the ridge to a second saddle.
- Go up over the top of the ridge and
then cross a narrow gully.
- Continue to the west end of the ridge which is
Temperatures are 30-40° cooler on the peak than on the valley
floor. Please dress accordingly.